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NY has free snowmobile weekend for out-of-state riders Feb. 2-5

Posted 2 February 2018 at 9:17 am

‘Peak snowmobile season has arrived and New York State is an outstanding destination for riding the trails.’

Press Release, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated February 2-5 as a free snowmobile weekend for riders from outside New York.

Snowmobiling fees will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers during the promotional weekend. Currently, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers are required to register their snowmobiles with the state before hitting New York’s trails. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but is decreased to $45 for those that join a local snowmobile club affiliated with the New York State Snowmobile Association.

Participants in free snowmobiling weekend must operate a snowmobile that is validly registered in their home state/Canadian Province and must carry any applicable insurance as required by their home state/province.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation remind snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution while enjoying the state’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities. New York offers more than 10,000 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails.

“Peak snowmobile season has arrived and New York State is an outstanding destination for riding the trails,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “Following the safety recommendations and paying attention to trail conditions will help to ensure you and your friends have a fun and enjoyable day in New York’s great outdoors.”

“New York’s network of snowmobile trails generates more than $800 million each year and offers world-class winter recreation to residents and visitors alike,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “DEC works with State Parks, municipalities and volunteers from local snowmobile clubs to maintain and enhance trails during the season, and we encourage those venturing out to engage in a safe and enjoyable snowmobile adventure.”

Top safety recommendations include:

• Check your snowmobile. Make sure it is in good working order and carry emergency supplies.

• Always wear a helmet and make sure you wear the proper snowmobile gear, including bibs, jackets, boots and gloves.

• Always ride with friends or at least one other person.

• Ride responsibly. Ride within your ability, ride to the right, and operate at a safe and prudent speed. Respect landowners, obey posted signs, and stay on the marked trail.

• Frozen bodies of water are not designated trails. If you plan to ride on ice, proceed with caution and be aware of potential hazards under the snow.

• Never drink alcohol or use drugs and ride.

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